The Trigal project, comprising 6,049 hectares, was selected for acquisition following review of the Company's regional exploration datasets, including BLEG sampling results, which cover prospective areas throughout northwest Argentina. The project is located in Salta Province, which is ranked as South America's number two jurisdiction for mining investment (source Fraser Institute 'Survey of Mining Companies 2014'). Trigal is located approximately 30 km west of San Antonio de los Cobres, the largest town in the area (Figure 1).
Salta's epithermal precious metals district (measuring approximately 70km x 40km) includes Centenera's Organullo gold project (30km to the south east) and Golden Minerals' El Quevar silver project less than 10km to the southwest (Figure 2). BLEG samples are used to 'screen' for anomalies within large drainage basins and a total of 20 BLEG samples were taken within the Trigal claim block. Results are positive and identify the Trigal claim block as a priority for gold exploration. The ultra-low detection BLEG identified samples ranging from below detection to 5ppb gold, plus anomalous levels of other elements like bismuth. The identification of three anomalous samples (all ranging 2 to 5ppb) from two neighbouring drainages is unusual and positive. The BLEG technique more typically identifies just a single point anomaly for follow up. The next steps at Trigal will include detailed surface geochemical sampling and mapping which will focus on the large 4km by 2km priority target identified.